|Washington at Washington State
April 12th | Snake River, Pullman, Wash.
Setting the Scene: Apple Cup Rivalry Head to the Palouse
After a solid showing at the San Diego Classic, the Washington women are on the road again this weekend, heading east to take on their cross-state rivals in the crew version of the Apple Cup on the Palouse. Due to a forecast of high winds for the area on Saturday, the races have been moved to Friday afternoon at 3:40 p.m. The No. 7 Huskies will try and keep the trophy on this side of the state by winning for the third year in a row against the No. 19 ranked Cougars on their home course. Overall Ernst is looking forward to taking his team over the other side of the state, as it is an opportunity for his out-of-state and out-of-country rowers to experience another part of the state and racing on the Snake River. The Washington men will also be sending a few select boats to race against Washington State's men's club team as part of the event.
About The UW Coaching Staff
The women's team is coached by the legendary Bob Ernst, who made the switch in 2007 after a 20-year stint coaching the men's program. Ernst is no stranger to women's rowing, having shepherded the program to six National Championships from 1981-87. Ernst aslo has significant Olympics and International experience and has been involved with some facet of the UW program since 1974. In 1984, he coached the Gold Medal winning eight in the Los Angeles Olympic Games. In his second season at Washington, Conor Bullis manages all coaching duties for the women's novice rowers.
Scouting Washington State
Washington State is a member of the Pac-12 Conference and based in Pullman, Wash. The Cougars are coached by Jane LaRiviere, who is in her 11th season on the Palouse. WSU opened the 2013 season at the San Diego Crew Classic. The Cougars earned a victory in the petite finals of the Women's Collegiate 2v8 with a time of 6:44.80. WSU's varsity 4 boat competed in the Grand Finals of the Women's College Four, crossing the finish line with a time of 7:35.10, securing a 6th place finish. The Varsity 8 and Novice 8 both took second in their respective petite finals.
Last Time Out
The No. 7 Huskies rowed into the Grand Finals in all four categories at the 2013 San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay. Washington's best and closest finish came in the Women's Collegiate Novice Eight Grand Final. The Huskies' first-year rowers edged out California by 16 hundreths of a second to win their first grand final as collegiate rowers with a time of 6:54.80). Washington's 2V8 and V4 both earned third-place finishes in their respective grand finals, missing out on second-place in both by just over a second. The Washington V8 finished 5th in its Grand Final against three of the top five ranked teams in the country with a time of 6:33.33.
Located 19 miles outside of Pullman, Wash., Wawawai Landing is the home of Cougar rowing. The 2,000-meter course is held on the Snake River, and offers a stark contrast to the wooded, urban landscape of the Montlake Cut.
About the Huskies
Last season the Huskies had another successful campaign after competing against some of the nation's top competition. The Huskies had a solid showing at the annual San Diego Crew Classic, making the grand finals with all four of their shells. A week later the Huskies welcomed the Cougars to the Montlake Cut, winning four of five races, including the Apple Cup race between the team's varsity eights, The one-sided victory ensured that the Apple Cup trophy would stay in Seattle for the second straight year. The Huskies would later bounce back from losing the Simpson Cup to rival California by defending their home course and beating both Gonzaga and Argentina in the 26th annual Windermere Cup. The Huskies would then go on to win two medals at the Pac-12 Championships helping them to a second-place finish overall--their best finish since 2006. The 2012 season culminated in the Huskies' 16th consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships, improving on their 2011 finish, ending the weekend 7th overall with a total of 62 points.
Washington/Washington State Notes
Mollie McCabe is a junior rower at Washington State University, and sister of senior UW oarsman Conlin McCabe. The elder McCabe won a bronze medal with the Canadian Men's Eight at the 2012 London Olympics.
Washington/Washington State History
Washington has won two consecutive races in the varsity eight category, after the Cougars had dominated four of the last six races before 2011. Last year the Huskies ended a two year streak of the visiting team capturing the Apple Cup on the rivals home course, winning four of five races on the Montlake Cut in 2012. The two programs raced together this year at the San Diego Crew Classic, with the Huskies finishing ahead of the Cougars in the Grand Final of the Women's Collegiate 4.